Kevin Blackston
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Floresville TX 78114-0217
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Blog archives (November 2010)

Thanksgiving treat

Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner, and soon those of us here in the U.S. will be enjoying turkey and all the fixin’s—and, of course, giving thanks to God for the wonderful blessings He provides us.

I presume you’ll be spending time with family, so I wanted to present a Thanksgiving treat a couple of days early. It’s a late usage of the 14¢ American Indian stamp on cover.

This is the last of my flat plate printed American Indian stamps on cover. After Thanksgiving, I’ll tackle examples of the rotary press stamps, then move on to the Canal Zone issues.

Happy Thanksgiving!

A pair of pairs on cover

Thanks to the support and encouragement of my loving wife, I’ve been able to make quite a bit of headway on the 14 Cents: the American Indian Stamp exhibit. I have two more covers to share with you from that collection.

First is a cover flown on FAM 9’s first flight from the Canal Zone to Peru in 1929. The cover technically flew from Miami to the Canal Zone before being carried on to Peru.

Second is a cover flown on the Hindenburg in 1936, less than a year before the Hindenburg’s spectacular destruction in a fire in New Jersey. It was mailed from Virginia to Sweden in 1936.

One interesting thing is that each of these covers bear two American Indian stamps. The FAM 9 cover has a vertical pair, while the Hindenburg cover has two singles. In my experience, finding multiples of the 14¢ on cover is not common.

I still have to write up one more example of the flat plate printed American Indian stamp, and then I’ll be moving on to the rotary press printing. Any suggestions on how I can make the exhibit better? Leave me a note.

Paulovian postage

If you collect modern local post stamps—or if you’re just looking for something a little outside the mainstream—you might find it worthwhile to visit the Paulovia Philatelic Bureau. Paulovia is a so-called micronation, and its philatelic bureau sells “stamps” its creator has prepared.

Paulovia’s first stamp was apparently issued in 2006, and if the bureau’s website is complete, the entity appears to have a reasonably conservative stamp issuing policy at least to this point.

It’s always fun for me to see what other local posters have done. Don’t forget that Philosateleian Post recently announced its 2011 stamp program; you can add those new issues to your own collection.

Have you produced any local post stamps?

American Indian stamp on cover flown by Charles Lindbergh

Philosateleia’s special exhibit, 14 Cents: the American Indian Stamp, is continuing to grow. New this weekend is a FAM 5 first flight cover flown by Charles Lindbergh.

The historical interest of this piece is unquestionable, but it’s not worth as much as you might think. Lindbergh, who was by then a celebrity, carried thousands of covers on the Miami–Canal Zone leg of FAM 5’s first flight. On the return flight, demand was so great that the airline actually put a second plane and pilot into service to help carry the mail.

Do you have any Lindbergh flight covers? Let us know in the comments if you do—we would love to see them!

Philosateleian Post Horn newsletter announced

For quite some time now, I’ve been e-mailing interested collectors to let them know when new pages are ready for The Philosateleian. Now there’s an upgrade to this service: the Philosateleian Post Horn newsletter!

Each month I’ll send this succinct newsletter with updates about Philosateleia, tips and reviews, and even the occasional chance to win free stamps from me—along with alerts when The Philosateleian is updated, of course. The newsletter’s first issue should be out next week, so sign up now. It’s free!